Mt. Vernon Rotary Clubs Honor STRIVE Graduates
Sixty Nine Mt. Vernon Township seniors were honored at a recent Rotary Club banquet for their participation in the 2017-2018 STRIVE program. STRIVE, an acronym for Start Small, Think Tall, Reach Out, Invest All, Visualize Finish and Expect the Best, is a collaborative effort between the two Mt. Vernon Rotary Clubs, Mt. Vernon Township High School and the Rend Lake College Foundation which coordinates monthly meetings for high school seniors to earn job and life skills and receive business mentoring. Subjects discussed during the sessions included finance and credit management, employment opportunities, workforce requirements and college admissions and scholarship application.
The banquet was the culmination of a year-long commitment from the students and several were recognized for their achievement. LaAsia Pickett and Hannah Windland were awarded $250 scholarship grants. In addition DeShawna Dunn-Jennings and Gustavo Ruiz Roubert were awarded one year scholarships to Rend Lake College which are valued at over $3,000. Rotarian and acting STRIVE coordinator Carl Miller, who also served as master of ceremonies, gave special thanks to Mt. Vernon High School Rowdy Fatheree and school counselors Lynsey Moore and Rend Lake College Foundation CEO Kay Zibby Damron for their contributions along with thanking both Rotary clubs for their support. Lastly, Miller recognized the Rotarians who served as mentors during the monthly sessions and Rotarian Dennis McEnaney for his years of service as STRIVE coordinator.